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Four Swift Current Elementary School students enjoy all access tour of Fire Hall

The Swift Current Fire Department hosted their annual Fire Chief for a Day activities on Oct. 25 as a part of Fire Prevention week.

Four lucky students, one from each elementary school, won the Fire Prevention Week contest to become a Fire Chief for the day. The participants created a home escape plan to show that they can escape their homes in the event of a fire, and were submitted into a contest draw for the chance to win the ultimate prize of Fire Chief for a Day.

“We’ve been doing this for the last 10 or fifteen years as part of our Fire Prevention Week activities. It’s one of our main contest draws, and part of what we do at the schools, grade school specific,” says Deputy Fire Chief Peter L’Heureux. “It’s got a lot to do with fire education and giving the kids some exposure to that. It’s also got a lot to do with just having a great day and letting the kids have a day out of school.”

Throughout the day, students Kylie Knittle from Oman School, Logan Scutt from St. Pat’s, Luke Bloom from Central School, and Brayden Curry from Ashley Park School, learned about fire safety in the name of fun at the fire hall.

“We talked with them in the classroom about everything that we do here at the fire hall, our day to day jobs, what it’s like going on an emergency call. The big part of the day here is the tour that we spend about two hours on. We go through every single truck that we have, showing them the different equipment that we use and how to use it. A big highlight for them is when we turn on all of the sirens and lights while they sit inside the truck,” fire fighter Chris Haichert explained. “The whole focus is to make sure they’re having fun, so we played fun games, let them play with some of our equipment, they all got to take a turn spraying water out of the hose, and putting on all of our turn out gear. Just making sure they’re enjoying everything they’re seeing and doing here, while they’re learning a lot about what we do as well.”

All of the students also had a chance to ride the ladder on the fire truck, which escalates 30 meters in height. Fourth grade student Logan Scutt said that was the highlight of his day at the fire hall. “I had lots of fun going on the ladder!”

Grade five student Kylie Knittle said Fire Chief for a Day was successful.

“I had a lot of fun on the ladder ride. I learned lots of stuff about fire safety and what you do, and how fires can get started and how you can put them out. I just had lots of fun today.”

The Fire Department also has a series of projects and activities within the community that run all year long.

“For the last two years, our main topic and project has been home smoke detector programs, so we’re going door to door doing a home smoke detector program, and at the same time, we’re offering to check fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors. We’re making sure each home in Swift Current has a working smoke detector, and it’s been a really big project for us. Going door to door and hitting every home is a big project. So for us that’s been a major project,” L’Heureux explained.

“We do some Risk Watch work with the schools, so every month we go into each grade school and do a project with them. We talk about different fire safety and aspects that are need-to-know things, like falling through the ice and things like that in the fall. Spring Break is when we’re talking about life jackets and being safer on the water. The last one is the seniors project, which is a slip and fall program about winter and fall safety. It’s about making sure you don’t break a hip if you slip or fall or have issues around your building.”

Organizations: Swift Current Fire Department

Geographic location: Swift Current

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